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Only in Seattle: RainGlobes

If it's raining, it must be Seattle

RainGlobes: tip them over and watch it drizzle.  




12 Days of Christmas at Elaia Spa at Hyatt Olive 8

The pool at Elaia spa—doesn't that look nice right about now?

You’ll be downtown shopping anyway in the next few weeks, why not schedule in a little “me time” at the spa to ease any holiday stress? Elaia is offering 12 deals for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

Thursday, December 12: The perfect stocking stuffer!
Schedule a 60-minute or greater spa treatment and receive a $20 Gift Card

Friday, December 13: Wrapped too many gifts?
$30 Elaia Winter Manicure (reg. $45)

Saturday, December 14: Give to receive! Read more »



'Tis the Season: Value Village + Seattle Magazine Tacky Sweater Contest

Perhaps the most awesome tacky Christmas sweater ever?

Tacky sweaters are the reason for the season. When else do you have sartorial sanction to pull out your ugliest, gaudiest, green and reddest, most fabulous ugly holiday sweater? We know you wear them because we see you doing it all over Facebook and Instagram, there's no denying it. So send those pics of your festive self before Thursday, December 19 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Value Village. You can email pics to me at, or submit them via Twitter or Instagram with the tag @seattlemag. Read more »


New Online Shop: Close By

Lost at Sea bandana, $10

Porchlight Coffee and Records owner Zack Bolotin has a new project, an online store called Close By, that you should know about. Bolotin lauched Close By over the summer, as a love story to his home state of Washington, filling it with “items that are well made, good looking and that I would want in my home (or on my back and on my head),” he explains. Read more »


Local Holiday Cards

Ho Ho Ho, Yo from Sad Shop, $5

Three things: Christmas is less than two weeks away. (How did that happen?). The US Post Office needs your support. (Buy stamps.) And New Year’s cards are a lovely option if Christmas isn’t your jam.

Following is a very brief selection of the cool cards from Pacific Northwest designers for your holiday communication needs.

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